Dr. Praveen Kadimcherla with Atlantic Spine Center discusses diagnosis...
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, managing foraminal stenosis through a non-surgical treatment plan is quite common. Treatment usually includes anti-inflammatory medications, commonly referred to as NSAIDS (Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) cortisone injections, activity modification, physical therapy, and exercises.
Since some movements, such as bending over, can relieve pain, activity modification can help manage symptoms and is an essential foundation in treating foraminal stenosis. Epidural steroid injections can provide temporary pain relief to help ensure a successful recovery.
Neural foraminal narrowing treatment including physical therapy will often show promising results within the first few weeks of treatment. Your therapy program will be designed to help restore the flexibility and strength in your neck or back. By improving your strength and flexibility and correcting your posture, it should help to reduce your symptoms. It is important to note that a proper diagnosis should be attained before beginning a therapy program, as an improper diagnosis could lead to an incorrect treatment plan. If there is nerve compression with radiating pain leading into the extremities it should be investigated before proceeding further.
Endoscopic spine procedures can be used to correct many of the conditions that cause chronic back pain or to repair failed previous surgeries.- Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD President, Atlantic Spine Center Read More about Dr.Liu